Baby's First Party: 5 Ways to Make It Special

Admit it, this day is more for you than for him. Here are some tips to help make it special for the whole family.

Put your baby's cute face on the invitation. Have her hold a sign that says "It's my birthday."

Keep the theme young. Simple, age-appropriate decor such as barnyard animals, music, or teddy bears works best.

Put your baby in his birthday suit. Decorate a simple one-piece T-shirt with stamped-on letters and your child's handprint in paint.

Make it fun for the adults too. Set up a crafting table and have each guest decorate a card for your baby's future birthdays. Every year, she can open a card that was made at her first party.

Serve dessert in recycled baby-food jars. Chocolate mousse, ice cream, or chocolate pretzel rods are all good options.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the May 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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